Joan Menke-Schaenzer is the Global Chief Quality Officer, Research, Quality & Innovation for ConAgra Foods having joined in May 2007. Joan leads programs to create a world-class foundation for quality and food safety through the standardization of best practices across ConAgra. Prior to ConAgra, Joan was the Vice President of Food Safety and Defense at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., in Bentonville, Arkansas. Joan led the creation of worldwide quality, food safety and food defense programs and standards – all designed to protect the public while mitigating risks to Wal-Mart and its brands.
Joan Menke-Schaenzer was Vice President of Kraft Foods North America Quality and Food Safety, culminating 20 years of service with Kraft Foods, Inc. Her accomplishments included leading the development of worldwide quality and food safety programs and policies through the Phillip Morris Worldwide Quality Council and the development of the company’s Crisis Management Quick Response Team. Joan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in food science from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. She is married and is the mother of two.